Pittsburgh Pirates Home Opener April 7 2011
Attendance of 39,219, the 2nd highest in PNC Stadium left disappointed as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Colorado Rockies 7-1.
The Pirates started the 2011 season away from Pittsburgh. Manager Clint Hurdle had guided the Pirates to a 4 wins 2 loss record prior to returning to Pittsburgh and slated lefty Paul Maholm to start the home opener against the visiting Rockies club.
Paul Maholm (0-1) was hit for 8 hits, including a Troy Tulowitzki solo homer. Maholm pitched 5.2 innings, yielded 5 runs, however sloppy fielding caused 2 of those runs to be unearned.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado’s cleanup hitter, had 2 hits, a double and his 3rd homer of 2011, scored once and also had a team high 3 RBIs. Rockies starting pitcher, Esmil Rogers (1-0) pitched 7.1 strong innings, allowed just 4 hits, 1 run, and struck out 7. Batting 3rd leftfielder Carlos Gonzalez was 1-for-4, scored once and drove in 2 runs. The Rockies improved their season record to 4-1.
The Pirates managed to have only 4 hits – one each by Jose Tabata lf, Neil Walker 2b, Ronny Cedeno ss and Steve Pierce ph/if.
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